The winter holidays have come early for embedded developers using STM32-family microcontrollers. The announcement of ST’s acquisition of top-3 software-development-tool specialist Atollic, and its promise to make the Atollic high-end TrueSTUDIO-Pro tools available without charge as part of the STM32 ecosystem demonstrates ST’s commitment to continue to deliver the best and most useful embedded portfolio and ecosystem.
ST and Atollic have been partnering for many years. Their close cooperation is epitomized by ST’s status as a Gold partner in the Atollic TrueSTUDIO Partner Program and Atollic’s early participation in the newly launched ST program. This professional relationship has ensured that developers using the STM32 have had access to the effectiveness and efficiency of both TrueSTUDIO-Lite, a free version, and TrueSTUDIO-Pro, the fully featured tool.
This holiday-season gift for STM32 developers is that those distinctions will disappear. Already, ST’s and Atollic’s engineers have begun work on integrating the features offered in the advanced TrueSTUDIO-Pro into the STM32 ecosystem via a fully integrated software solution, under the TrueSTUDIO banner; this software development tool will be available to STM32 developers free, without charge.
STM32 is tops
As the leading provider of Arm® Cortex®-M-core microcontrollers, STM32 MCUs are the most popular family of MCUs among TrueSTUDIO users. Existing licensees of the TrueSTUDIO product will continue to receive their guaranteed support. The next-gen version of TrueSTUDIO will include all of the -Pro version’s advanced features at the -Lite version’s price — Free.
In adding features to ST’s free offerings, in support of embedded developers who operate at that end of the market, ST will continue to promote the value and benefits of its higher-end partners, such as IAR and Keil, whose embedded development tools will continue to offer additional value in features and support.